INTERSECTION THERAPY

Meeting your needs at every intersection in life.

 

WHY THERAPY?

Your search has brought you to this intersection in life of seeking help from a licensed professional to cope with life’s challenges. I help individuals who are struggling with issues related to:

  • Trauma

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Substance Use

  • Addiction

  • Sex

  • LGBTQIA+ Competent Therapy

  • Coming Out

  • People of Color Issues

  • Adjusting to Major Life Changes

  • Cultural Challenges

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist located in Center City, Philadelphia. I’m here to help you navigate through the mean streets of your journey toward healing and self-discovery.

 
 
Rainbow Falls.jpg

"There is no such thing as single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives."

Audre Lorde

 
Mike Galarraga Headshot 2.JPG

WHAT TO EXPECT AT INTERSECTION THERAPY

Since 2012, I have provided mental health services in multiple settings and levels on the East Coast including hospitals, schools, local communities, and private practice. Today’s on-the-go lifestyle can be overwhelming with the demands met between your home, work, and social circles and I am here to guide you through those challenges. My goal is to help you understand the levels of intersectionality in your life and find creative ways to cope, create a road map, and implement effective change.

I implement effective psychotherapy methods including art therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), verbal counseling, and humor to promote introspection. It is important to recognize therapy as a healing process that takes time and acquired patience which I role model in sessions with my patients, no matter your age or role in life.


As the founder of Intersection Therapy, I want to ensure your safety by looking both ways, internally and externally. Taking small steps into any intersection of life will make the journey more meaningful for you.

SERVICES OFFERED

ART THERAPY

Creative Compassion

In my art therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior through creative expression. No matter your age or skill level, making the subconscious, conscious through art making allows individuals to flourish.

EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION

AND REPROCESSING (EMDR)

Introspection

Through EMDR therapy sessions, we’ll work to resolve past, current, and future concerns while improving positive thinking and behavior. EMDR will help you re-frame your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. I’m confident you’ll find a new understanding of your self and your values.

TRADITIONAL TALK THERAPY

Active Listening

Through time, language has made many feel empowered as well as defeated. Exploring the comfort of your words and narrative is important to set yourself up to achieve your goals. I will be the listening ear, sounding board, as well as the active reflection you need to keep you accountable.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT THERAPY

Developmental Approach

Noticing your child's challenges can be heartbreaking and overwhelming. Child Development Therapy sessions help promote positive attitudes towards life’s most complex and challenging circumstances for patients and their caregivers. These sessions can increase resiliency while your child works to develop healthy social, emotional, and behavioral responses.

FAMILY THERAPY

Building a Safer Home

If you’re looking for quality Family Therapy sessions with a professional that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. I guide families every step of the way and implement various methods to help them develop new attitudes towards coexisting. Remember, sharing one couch in one room for 50 minutes is progress!

TELETHERAPY

Therapy at your Fingertips

Being able to meet your needs is our first priority. Offering telehealth sessions in today's world is not uncommon and making therapy accessible for you within your scheduling needs is important to us. Let's talk about the benefits of teletherapy for you!

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE SUPERVISION

LPC and Art Therapists

Finding the right supervisor does not have to be as difficult as navigating through the State Board website. I provide a safe space for supervisees to process through their professional needs and offer an additional lens to mental health professionals, even post-licensure.

CORPORATE DISRUPTIVE EVENT MANAGEMENT

Here For Your Company

Cultural Assessments (CCA), Disruptive Event Management (DEM) sessions, or additional EAP Support with a certified Disruptive Event Management consultant help small and large companies navigate through unexpected events. I tailor therapeutic based methods for your employees to develop new work-life attitudes towards the various challenges your company may be facing.

 

MICHAEL GALARRAGA

LPC, ATR-BC, CSAC, CSOTP

I am a bilingual (Spanish-speaking) Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. Meeting individuals where they are, I provide art therapy, EMDR, and verbal counseling interchangeably. I often find myself encouraging individuals to face their own ambivalence to process the uncomfortable topics brought out in therapy through artistic introspection. Finding the words to describe your life challenges and accomplishments will be made conscious through various creative processes in our sessions together.

Originally from New York City and living in different communities throughout my adult life, I have learned to blend empathy, support, equality, and validation in life events that you are needing to process. I received my undergraduate degrees in Psychobiology and Studio Art from SUNY Binghamton University and my graduate degree in Art Therapy and Counseling at Eastern Virginia Medical School. The best way to provide you the appropriate space for change is meeting you where you are as it pertains to your journey for change. I have worked in various settings within the mental health community including residential treatment, acute inpatient, alternative and regular education, in-home based counseling, and most recently private practice serving children, adolescents, adults, families, and individuals in relationships. As a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, I hope to provide a safe therapeutic space to individuals within my community.

I look forward to building a lasting therapeutic alliance with you at whatever intersection of life you are in.

 

CROSSWALK TALKS

Short blog reads to guide your healing thought walks and help you look both ways!

 
low-angle%20photo%20of%20street%20betwee

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

It’s normal and encouraged for patients to ask many questions when choosing to work with a therapist. Below are answers to some questions I receive the most. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch.

 

HOW LONG ARE THERAPY SESSIONS?


Sessions are 50 minutes long. Extended sessions may be offered if recommended.




DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE?


Sliding scale fee services are available on a limited basis for clients with financial difficulties.




DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?


Although I do not accept health insurance, my services may be covered in full or in-part by your health insurance as "Out-of-Network Mental Health/Behavioral Health Services."

Please contact your insurance company and ask if you have "Out-of-Network Outpatient Mental Health/Behavioral Health Benefits." Please check your coverage by asking questions such as:

  • Do I have out-of-network, outpatient, mental health/behavioral health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health plan cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is a referral required from my primary care physician?




WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?


Please let me know within 24 hours if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Otherwise, you will incur a late cancel/no show fee. Emergencies happen and I am willing to reschedule as my schedule allows to avoid interruption of your progress in therapy.




WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?


Intersection Therapy, LLC is conveniently located at 245 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Our offices are in Center City, Philadelphia, only a few blocks from the Councourse, City Hall, and Rittenhouse Square.
Navigate to Intersection Therapy, LLC through Google here!

We are easy to get to through SEPTA bus and rail.




CAN I START THERAPY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?


Yes! We can start meeting and creating a plan for your intersection of healing and recovery during this pandemic over video sessions. Video sessions are held over a HIPAA compliant video session server to protect your privacy and confidentiality at this time. My hope is that we can meet in person soon some day (and share our eccentric face mask designs)!




IS THERAPY FOR ME?


If you are asking yourself this question, then yes! I say this light-heartedly because we all have different challenges in life that we come across. Starting therapy can be the best self-care routine that you incorporate into your schedule. My patients often tell me that they feel so safe allowing their brain to just be free and dump the stressors of life in our sessions. Incorporating art therapy, reprocessing techniques, and humor allows for us to find a sensitive balance for your needs. Contact me today to explore how Intersection Therapy can help you!





CONTACT ME

I look forward to meeting your therapy needs.
Contact me today to learn more and book your first session!

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
I am inquiring about (please select):